Summer is finally here! We love the lush green grass, warm days, abundant sunshine, and a chance to wear our lightweight, cool summer clothes.
Summer also presents a need to adapt our skin care regimen to the season. First and foremost, wearing an effective broad spectrum sunblock or sunscreen is vital to a healthy and younger looking complexion. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight cause most of the aging of our skin, and shielding your skin from that radiation is the single best and most effective means of preventing future lines and wrinkles. Why is this? Because UV rays zap both your collagen and your elastin. Collagen is the skin’s foundation and when it thins, wrinkles appear – just as a thin piece of paper will wrinkle more easily than thick paper. You can build your collagen levels with a dedicated skin care regimen, but this also includes not losing it in the first place.
Now, about that tan. There is actually no such thing as a “safe tan”, and one of the greatest dangers for your skin, not just because of skin aging, but increased risk of melanoma and other skin cancers, is the commercial tanning bed. They are NOT safe. Instead, opt for a paraben-free self tanner that can give your skin the same appealing, summery glow – safely.
Because the summertime higher humidity helps keep skin moisturized, there is a tendency among consumers to cut back on their skin care regimen during the summer months. Hydrated skin looks softer and smoother, so we sometimes scale back on the two other mainstays of a proper anti-aging regimen – exfoliation and collagen-building wrinkle creams.
By the time we reach 50 years of age, our skin has lost much of its collagen, so just because our skin is moist and looking a little better from the higher summer humidity, we simply can’t afford to let up on the task of using either peptides or retinol to help reverse some of the age-related collagen loss. Be sure your skin care products are responsibly formulated with no harmful ingredients or toxic preservatives.